3 Things to Watch as Raiders Take on Cardinals

We've got questions ahead of Preseason Week 2

Scott Gulbransen
August 15, 2019 - 11:06 am
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Week Two of the NFL preseason is here and for Raiders fans, they’ll finally get to see some of the team’s starters in game action.

Here are three things to watch as the future Las Vegas Raiders head to Glendale, Ariz., to face the Arizona Cardinals.

Carr and His Weapons

It’s highly doubtful wide receiver Antonio Brown will see the field as he recovers from the burns on his feet, but franchise quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of the Raiders starters will finally see some live game action. How much is uncertain, but with so many new weapons at his disposal, Carr needs to develop a rhythm and familiarity with players like Tyrell Williams, Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and Hunter Renfrow. While many see this a make-or-break year for Carr, with some action this week, and over the next two weeks, expect the sixth-year pro to click quickly with his new lineup.

Swiss Cheese O-Line

Last week’s devastating injury to starting right guard Gabe Jackson means the Raiders offensive line remains a massive question mark. Who will fill in the holes for Oakland up front? While the left side is set during the preseason with Richie Incognito and Kolton Miller, the right side is still in flux with Trent Brown a sure starter. Keep an eye on who you see coming in and out of the game against the Cardinals for some clue on where Jon Gruden and Tom Cable may end up. Although they may get some answers over the next few weeks, another hole will pop up to start the regular season as Incognito serves his two-game suspension to start the 2019 campaign.

Improving Defense

With three top draft picks – Clelin Ferrell, Jonathan Abram, and Maxx Crosby – likely to see significant time against Arizona, we should get a good idea for where this new-look Raiders defense is now. There was encouraging signs last week against the Rams from all three of those players and 2018 third-rounder Arden Key. We also will get to see the rebuilt linebacking corps with Brandon Marshall and Vontaze Burfict. As the defense plays more front-line starters, as the preseason weeks go on, we’ll get a much better sense for how much progress has been made under Paul Guenther.

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